|12/30/2014||Steelers , TQB PIT||Ravens , TQB BAL|
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Rooney on Big Ben extension: 'The sooner the better'
|by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com|
|(1/21/15) Steelers co-owner Art Rooney II sounds eager to negotiate a contract extension with quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, who's owed $11.6 million next season in the final year of his deal.
“Obviously we would like to get it done this offseason, and I think it’s fair to say the sooner the better,” Rooney told the team's website, “but I’m not going to put any particular time frame on these things.
"It’s kind of hard to predict how long it takes to get something done, but we certainly want to get something done this offseason. That’s for sure. It takes two to tango when it comes to contract negotiations. I’m not expecting a problem, but again, I hate to put predictions on those kinds of things.”
Roethlisberger is coming off his best season. He threw for 4,952 yards and 32 touchdowns with nine interceptions.
“I will take that problem,” Rooney said, referring to the higher cost of an extension now. “I’m happy to have a player who had a great year. I would rather have that situation than the reverse. I’m not complaining about it. It is what it is. We will just have to deal with the circumstances as they present themselves in this offseason.”
Agent: Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger won't need knee surgery
|by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com|
|(1/10/15) Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, who opted out of the Pro Bowl, will not need offseason knee surgery, his agent said in an email to ESPN on Friday. He's expected to test his knee before starting offseason training.
"Ben was instructed by team doctors to avoid strenuous activity due to inflammation in his knee, thus he will not play in the Pro Bowl," Tollner said. "His knee will not require surgery and he looks forward to an otherwise healthy offseason to improve with his teammates."
Roethlisberger posted his best season as a pro in 2014, throwing for 4,952 yards with 32 touchdowns and just nine interceptions. He also had a career-best 103.3 quarterback rating.
Roethlisberger should be entering contract talks with the Steelers this offseason in hopes of a new extension. He signed a $102 million deal in 2008, which runs out at the end of the 2015 season.
Ben Roethlisberger losing out to running game
|by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer|
|(12/15/14) Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger had another big passing performance with 360 yards Week 15 against the Falcons, giving him at least 340 in four of his last five games.
But where were the touchdowns? He had zero, zip, nada. And since his back-to-back six-touchdown games in Weeks 8 and 9, that's been the norm. He's had no more than one in three of those five.
Meanwhile, Le'Veon Bell has had six of his seven rushing touchdowns this season during that same stretch ...
I think you can see where I'm going with this. For more major takeaways from Week 15, be sure to check out my latest post to the Fantasy Football Today blog.
Steelers QB Roethlisberger keys win without passing TD
|by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com|
|(12/14/14) Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger had not thrown for more than 330 yards without a touchdown in his NFL career until Sunday in Atlanta. He's not complaining, though. He still guided his team to victory to keep them in the midst of the playoff chase.
Roethlisberger completed 27 of 35 for 360 yards with nary a score or pick. He completed his first four passes for 52 yards and maintained his accuracy throughout. He was particularly efficient in the fourth quarter as his team held off the Falcons, hitting on 11 of 14 for 150 yards.
Big Ben will try to keep up the good work against visiting Kansas City in Week 16.
Ben Roethlisberger falls flat in encore
|by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com|
|(11/9/14) Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger fell flat on his face in an easy matchup Sunday, a 20-13 loss to the Jets in Week 10.
Roethlisberger entered the game riding the best two-game stretch in NFL history, having passed for six touchdowns in each of his previous two games. However, against a Jets defense that had allowed 24 touchdowns to just one interception to quarterbacks this season, Roethlisberger managed just one touchdown and was picked off twice in the surprising loss.
Roethlisberger still passed for 343 yards and completed 69.8 percent of his passes, so it's not all bad for him. He continues to show a good rapport with deep threat Martavis Bryant, as the duo connected for 143 yards and their sixth touchdown in four games.
Roethlisberger has never been a big touchdown guy, so the last two weeks certainly stand out as outliers. However, he is still completing 68.5 percent of his passes with just three interceptions on 381 attempts overall, the best numbers of his career. Roethlisberger isn't nearly as good as he looked during his historic stretch, but Fantasy owners should feel pretty comfortable relying on him down the stretch, beginning in Week 11 against the Titans.